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Ratebeer Beer News - February 4, 2005


A Weekly Roundup of the World’s Beer News from Ratebeer.com
Brewers/Industry February 4, 2005      
Written by RateBeer


Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA -



Welcome to Ratebeer News, a roundup of the week’s beer news.



News and Notes



Dr. Oetker, Germany’s owner of Germany’s largest beer group, will shut down its Kindl plant in Berlin and Brinkoff’s in Dortmund due to slumping beer demand. The group owns other breweries in those cities that will pick up the production.



Molson voted last Friday and Coors earlier this week to approve their merger. Having already received regulatory go-ahead, merger plans will now be implemented.



It has been announced that the 2005 New Zealand Beer Awards will be held April 12-15th in Nelson, NZ.



The world’s most southerly beer festival was held last week, with all 64 residents and current visitors to South Georgia Island choosing between 16 brews.



A new tax will increase the price of beer in the Philippines by about 14%. This affects both major brewers. In Thailand, San Miguel has announced they will be increasing distribution of Blue Ice and Red Horse. As of December, Red Horse was very difficult to find, even in Bangkok and Blue Ice was hardly sold anywhere other than 7-Eleven.



An article in the International Herald Tribune on Tuesday outlined the decline of pulque in Mexico. This traditional beverage is fermented from agave sap to around the same strength as beer and bears some resemblance to the traditional beers of Africa.



Suntory confirmed the acquisition of Shanghai’s Eastern Sea Beer. Suntory is one of the top ten brewing companies in China.



Czech brewer Zlatopramen has reached a contract-brewing agreement with Efes for production of Czech brands at the Turkish brewer’s Moscow facility.



Baltimore Brewing Company, after months of rumours, has officially announced that they will be shutting their doors.



New Brews



Two San Francisco breweries, Magnolia and 21st Amendment, are celebrating Strong Beer Month this month with several high-test releases, including vintage kegs of their barley wines.



Flying Fish Brewing of New Jersey will be relaunching old favourite LoveFish for Valentine’s Day. This is an abbey dubbel infused with cherries. They are also soon to launch Hop Fish IPA, which has seen a reformulation.



Tempe, AZ micro Four Peaks Brewing will be celebrating their 1000th brew with a Belgian strong ale called Idle Hands. No other details are being released at present, but the brewery invites one and all to stop by in February to find out more.



Canoe Brewpub in Victoria, BC has a new Spring Bock.



A group of Swiss entrepreneurs has launched Queer Beer in that country.





Ratebeer News is a weekly roundup of the week’s beer news. If you have any news that you feel should appear here, send it to editor@ratebeer.com


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